5 Ways Eportfolios Benefit Students and Professionals Alike

E·port·fo·li·o [noun] : (also known as an eportfolio, e-portfolio, digital portfolio, or online portfolio) [1] is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include input text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression. If they are online, users can maintain them dynamically over time.

The above term began rooting itself in the mid 1990’s. However, in today’s society eprotfolios continue to replace the need for long, detailed, extensive work-based paper resumes. College students are now taught to keep document resumes short and sweet, even to a single page, some say.

“Electronic Portfolios are no longer just a good idea, they are an expectation and a powerful element of college and career readiness for many.” –Emerging EdTech

Now eportfolios are benefiting students in more ways than just saving them time:

1. “Living Resume” – Students and professionals can now maintain portfolios complete with projects, work history, experiences, skills, visuals and more. A major strength in online portfolios is the ability to update them as often as you please, while the timeline and amount of content the portfolio can hold is virtually limitless.

2. Increase Opportunity – Eportfiolios, because they are web based can be shared with more than just a particular employer. Their links can be posted to social media, pasted on document resumes, placed on business cards, pasted in email signatures and much more. The opportunity of getting yourself out there and the possibility of who might see it has increased drastically.

3. Mobility – with the use of apps, iPhones, tablets, and other microcomputers, eportfolios are easier to read, download, edit and share than ever thought possible. This comes as a huge advantage to millennials especially, because they prefer access on the go.

4. Micro-certification Integration – In recent years, institutions and training sites like Lynda.com have adopted badges, or micro-certification capabilities. Most eportfolio sites now offer the ability to integrate these badges into your eportfolio. Now students can add their “Best Paper” badge or their certification in Excel to their “living resume”

5. Merging with Learning Management Systems (LMS) – Eportfolio or online portfolio tools are now merging with LMS to accommodate the career preparedness needs of students. Eportfolios are often even considered assignments for students and require them to create and maintain them.

These are all true for CourseNetworking as well. CN (thecn.com), a social networking LMS comes complete with a user eportfolio page equipped with traditional features, micro-certification integration, institution logos and more. To learn more about the CourseNetworking User Portfiolio read “Perfect your CN Portfolio in 3 Easy Steps” 


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